Paralegal Certificate (PLS)

Students will learn the fundamental skills necessary for an entry-level position in a legal setting such as a law office, courthouse, administrative agency, corporate in-house counsel office, or insurance company. This certificate introduces students to the paralegal field, to several areas of substantive law, to the basics of legal analysis and research, and is a good introduction to MWCC’s Paralegal Studies Degree.

Number Suggested Course Order

Cr

Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
PLS101 Introduction to Law

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ENG101 English Composition I

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
CIS127 Computer Technologies

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
BUS211 Business Law I

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
PLS110 Litigation

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
PLS250 Legal Research and Writing I

4

    ENG101
  Restrictive Elective

3

    Electives: Any PLS course; ACC101, ACC102, BUS212, CIS121, CIS123, CJU133, CJU134, ECO101, ECO102, ENG106, ENG239, ENG240, HIS121, MKT142, MKT241, POL250, PSY246
  Restrictive Elective

3

    Note: See above Restrictive Electives
  Restrictive Elective

3

    Note: See above Restrictive Electives
                                             Total: 28 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed online or during the day or evening at the Gardner or Leominster Campuses.

Helpful hints: Students enrolling in the Paralegal Practicum must contact the program coordinator for approval and available options by calling 978-630-9359.

Transfer options: Some courses may be applied to MWCC’s Paralegal or General Studies Degree. Consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements: Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: Administrative assistant, paralegal, law clerk, document clerk, or legal assistant in the private or public sector.

Earning potential: $33,920 to $54,690.

Technical Standards* for PLS and PLD

*general information about technical standards and accommodation.

Students entering into this program must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information verbally and in a printed format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Complete forms using a typewriter or similar office machine.
  • Input data into a computer.
  • Comprehend data from a computer screen, transcribe notes (dictation), and conduct library and Internet research for a minimum of a three-hour period of time.

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